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BePelvicHealthAware: Changing the conversation about the pelvic floor and women’s health

What do you do when you receive a diagnosis, or if you think you might be facing a new health challenge, especially if it’s sensitive and highly personal? Most people turn to the internet first, often too embarrassed to seek professional medical advice, but what they find there can be overwhelming, conflicting, and, in some cases, completely incorrect.

CHÉOS Scientist Dr. Roxana Geoffrion and her team have set out to change the way women’s health information is shared on the internet, especially around pelvic floor health issues. The pelvic floor refers to the muscles and tissues at the bottom of a woman’s belly that support the vagina, bladder, bowel and womb in their daily functions.


Dr. Roxana Geoffrion

“Natural changes to the pelvic floor before, during, and after pregnancy can lead to urine, stool or gas leaking, vaginal bulging, poor body image, loss of vaginal sensation, pain and avoidance of sex,” said Dr. Geoffrion. “These symptoms occur in about half of aging women, but women generally don’t talk about them because of embarrassment, and they end up seeking out answers in the wrong places, or finding no answers at all.”

In response, Dr. Geoffrion and her team are developing online materials that are accessible to patients and help answer their key questions.

 

Read the full article here at  CHÉOS News | BePelvicHealthAware: Changing the conversation about the pelvic floor and women’s health